A Year in Review – Top Eateries of 2014

As everyone looks back at the year that was 2014, I sit down try to remember where I’ve enjoyed good meals at in Canberra and surrounding areas. My list has changed from last years but some have been good enough to remain on there. Not all of them are flashy and expensive and not all of them made it to the top 20 list according to the Good Food guide (see here).

This is a list that I have developed myself based on my own opinions and my own experiences when I have gone to these establishments this year.

*I haven’t written about all the places as I have been busy but as I add them to my blog, I’ll create a link from here.

Tales of a Confectionist’s 2014 top twenty list



Ricardo’s Jamison, I’ve never really enjoyed their cakes as I always find them OTT and too sweet but everything else they do is awesome.

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Akiba Civic, I like the speed at which the food comes, the variety of choices and some of the dishes are amazing.

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Mr Papa Braddon, I got Mr Papa to cater for TimmyC’s 30th birthday and they were absolutely brilliant but you can just grab one of their tasty treats from the Hamlet in Braddon without worrying about inviting 24 of your closest friends.

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Chiefly’s Barton, hands down the best steak I’ve eaten in a restaurant in Canberra this year. Their desserts are fabulous too, I hope to return soon!


Flute Bakery Fyshwick, still a favourite of mine as they have amazing cakes and pastries. I am still amazed when people have not heard of this place. Just remember it’s only opened Monday – Friday 8 til 3pm and more importantly, no eftpos (or bathrooms).

Frugii ice cream several locations, technically not a shop front yet (although you can sample a lot of John’s work at Stripey Sundae in Gold Creek village and the ODBM/Farmer’s market) but Frugii ice cream seems to be popping up more regularly at Canberra markets and events. He puts lots of thought into his unique ice cream flavours and if you get a chance, you have to try his cakes.

Up 2 You Belconnen, I get cravings for their claypot rice whenever I think about it. I enjoyed my first hot pot experience but the second time around was a bit harder to enjoy when we were at the top level and they didn’t really replenish the stuff that I wanted to eat.

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Les Bistronomes Braddon, as filling as it is sharing a Beef Wellington, I somehow always manage to also squeeze in dessert. I don’t love their smaller plates, if I came here I would just get a Beef Wellington (maybe share between three people?) and a dessert.

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Dumpling Inn Jamison, this is not my local, but if it was I’d be a lot fatter. I’ve stopped blogging about this place because I come here so often but don’t mistaken my written absence as a sign of me no longer eating here. Every now and then they have mudcrabs and it is magical.

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Jimmy’s Chinese Restaurant Dickson. Some may be surprised by my inclusion of this restaurant but I come here only for one thing- MUD CRAB *drools* Mudcrab with ginger and shallots and yi mein noodles is the only way to go.

Morks Kingston, I really need to go back here again with TimmyC, he keeps whinging that I went without him.

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Soju girl Civic I have eaten here a lot and the only bad thing I can say about this place is that I’m always too full for their dessert menu.

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Penny University Kingston, I had an amazing brunch here and I’m super keen to return.


Robyn Rowe’s chocolates Murrumbateman, these hand made chocolates are fabulous and you can get them locally at the Farmer’s market if you don’t have time to make it to the shop.

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Poacher’s Pantry Murrumbateman, I was lucky enough to have my Human experience here and we were really spoilt. I really enjoy their smoked meat products and they are widely available around Canberra.

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The Cupping Room Civic, for good coffee, great breakfast and amazing milkshakes.

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Lonsdale Street Eatery Braddon, I haven’t written my post yet but the ribs and burgers are amazing.

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Joe’s Thai Wanniassa, I love eating noodles and curries from here and it is my ‘go to’ for take away food when I’m at home.


Pomegranate Kingston, I might not have loved their panna cotta but everything else was delicious despite the price tag.

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Tudo Turner, after many years, the food is consistently good, I’d push you over for a pan fried chicken wing and I find so much comfort in their noodle soups.


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